Battle of Abelsbach, 1762

Austrian center positions, looking toward Prussian right.   Background At the opening of the Prussian campaign in Silesia at the beginning of July, the Austrian General Brentano could count only on part of his corps. Indeed, 2 battalions of Loudon grenadiers, 1 grenzers battalion and Nádasdy Hussars had been sent to Burkersdorf (present-day Burkatów). On July 3 at 11:00 Read More…

Battle of Bergen, 1759

Background When Ferdinand of Brunswick heard of the capture of Frankfurt early in January 1759, he resolved to risk a long march at this bad season and to attack de Broglie near this town. He hoped to paralyse French operations in this region by severing them from their base. Ferdinand first launched diversionary operations against Read More…

Battle of Warburg (1760)

Background At the end of June 1760, the French Grande Armée, under the command of the Duc de Broglie, proceeded to the invasion of Hesse, seizing Marburg. On July 10, at the Combat of Corbach, the Hereditary Prince of Brunswick failed to prevent the junction of the Army of the Lower Rhine, under Saint-Germain, with Read More…

Combat at Moys (1757)

Prelude to the Battle In September 1757, an Austrian army, under Prince Charles of Lorraine, was following up Bevern’s Prussian army in its retreat towards Silesia. On Tuesday September 6, Prince Charles de Lorraine finally decided to attack the corps of General Winterfeldt at Moys, since it was almost isolated from Bevern’s Army, on the Read More…

Combat of Reichenberg (1757)

Prelude to the Battle In the Spring of 1757, during the general advance of the Prussian columns on Prague, General Königsegg attempted to defeat Bevern’s column at it crossed the Neisse (present-day Lužická Nisa River). On Wednesday April 20, Königsegg chose an excellent position at or round Reichenberg (present-day Liberec), one march from Zittau and Read More…

Battle of Clostercamp (1760)

Prelude to the Battle On September 22 1760, during the campaign in West Germany, Ferdinand resolved to prepare an offensive on the Lower Rhine with the objective of Capturing the fortress of Wesel. On the same day, a powerful train of siege-artillery, under the count of Lippe-Bückeburg, marched away from Geismar for Wesel. On September Read More…

Second Battle of Landeshut (1760)

Background For 1760, the Prussian Lieutenant-General Heinrich August de la Motte Fouqué, at the head of approximately 13,000 men, was assigned to the defence of the Silesian frontier. He had his headquarters at Landeshut (present-day Kamienna Góra). On the Austrian side,Feldzeugmeister Ernst Gideon Baron Loudon was stationed on the Moravian border with 32,000 men. Around Read More…

Battle of Lobositz (1756)

Background When Frederick II of Prussia suddenly launched the invasion of Saxony at the end of August 1756, Austria was totally unprepared to oppose him. While the remaining of the Saxon Army were blockaded in the Pirna Country, Field-Marshal Browne hurriedly assembled a relief army at Prague. By the end of September, he had begun Read More…